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A new 360° vision for technology: How Nokia is redefining industrial communication

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What will the future of real-time multimedia technologies look like? How will new advances improve industrial processes? We believe people will be spending more and more time in the metaverse - a digital environment that opens up new opportunities across consumer, enterprise and industrial sectors.

And at Nokia we are constantly innovating to ensure industrial organizations benefit from the wide range of new multimedia solutions brought about by private wireless 5G networks. The likes of ports, mines, logistic centers and manufacturing sites are being transformed into safer, more efficient and more sustainable working environments. Such advances bring exciting new use cases for remote monitoring, preventive maintenance and teleoperations.

A new phase in audio-visual communication for industry

Video technology is currently utilized by three out of every four businesses. But up until recently, use cases have been largely limited to monitoring and security. Where remote supervision or instant reaction is required, it has not been possible to respond with the necessary speed or precision. Not anymore. The latest advances in connectivity make it possible for enterprises to build time-critical applications that run in real-time. Ultra-low latency and high bandwidth networks provide the required level of performance and security that industries can rely on.

Nokia’s Real-time eXtended Reality Multimedia (RXRM) solution leverages ground-breaking 360° video and spatial 3D audio technologies to improve situational awareness and enable better productivity and enhanced employee safety. No longer will technical experts have to travel around the world to visit distant sites such as offshore hydropower plants. Manufacturing processes can be run efficiently and safely with the help of remote operation and site monitoring.

We are currently piloting RXRM in real cases alongside trusted collaborators. One such example is a joint development project Nokia has undertaken with Finnish research center VTT to explore the potential of how RXRM can enable tele-operated connected mining vehicles and processes in Industry 4.0. Remote monitoring in mines means that workers who previously controlled vehicles in the relatively challenging conditions found in mine shafts can now do the same role from safe and comfortable premises—making the task more efficient and also attractive to new talent.

Low-latency delivery and optimized bandwidth in a scalable solution

RXRM’s bandwidth optimized and time-critical extended reality multimedia technology is especially important where network resources are limited and shared between different business processes. RXRM reduces the bandwidth requirements by up to 90 percent without any perceived visual quality loss. This is game changing when scaling media delivery for multiple simultaneous viewers and visual analytics use cases, such as object and anomaly detection. RXRM can be deployed to the edge as well as the private or public cloud. Its groundbreaking deployment architecture enables a distributed media processing platform that operates side by side with the business processes. The way we connect this fabric is both unique and scalable. We have created these open interfaces because we believe that multimedia can—and should—be processed in new and exciting ways when delivered for current and future industrial use cases.

Nokia is a global leader in providing connectivity solutions. We have also been a technology leader in multimedia and standardization for over 25 years and have actively contributed to video compression and media systems technology R&D and standardization. This powered a multimedia revolution for the mobile industry and it is now enabling extended reality for new industrial use cases. Terms such as digital twinning and tele-operation are already entering the industrial lexicon. Real-time situational awareness requires a combination of these two fundamental enabler technologies—connectivity and multimedia. This enhances productivity and efficiency and is set to transform the way businesses utilize industry-relevant real-time audio-visual multimedia in their day-to-day activities.

Experience the future at Slush 2022

Interested in how real-time extended reality can transform your operations? Then please get in touch, or visit us at Slush 2022 in Helsinki on November 17-18. To find out more about RXRM and set up a meeting to talk more, visit

Emre B. Aksu

About Emre B. Aksu

Emre B. Aksu is a Distinguished Research Manager at Nokia with over 20 years of experience in multimedia systems technologies. His team’s focus is on immersive multimedia systems, cloud-based media processing technologies and their standardization. He is also leading the technical development of Nokia Real-time eXtended Reality Multimedia (RXRM) solution. As a standardization delegate of Nokia, he actively contributes as an editor to several multimedia systems standards, including File Format Subgroup under ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG 3 which won a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award in 2020.

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